About Acquired Brain Injury
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) refers to the “multiple disabilities arising from damage to the brain acquired after birth. It results in deterioration in cognitive, physical, emotional or independent functioning. It can be as a result of accidents, stroke, brain tumours, infection, poisoning, lack of oxygen, degenerative neurological disease, etc” (The National Community Services Data Dictionary, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, 2012).
ABI in Australia is common. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over 700,000 Australians have an ABI, with daily “activity limitations” and “participation restrictions.” Three of four of these people are aged 65 or under. As many as two of three acquired their brain injury before age 25. Three of four people with ABI are men.
About Brain Injury Australia
Brain Injury Australia is the central clearinghouse of information and gateway to nationwide referral for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with brain injury.